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Romy’s story…

Hello! My names Romy and I have been involved with Dorset Mind for over 5 years. I approached them to become a volunteer which developed into my role as an ambassador. I had a diagnosis of bulimia and borderline anorexia. After overcoming my mental health issues I wanted to give back. I hope to make a difference and be an example that recovery is possible!

What are your interests/passions?

My passion for helping others led to studies in Children’s Care, Learning and development and I’ve worked with children in the UK and Australia. I have progressed to study to become a qualified integrative counsellor/psychotherapist. I hope to work with young people and adults who are affected by mental health illnesses. In addition, I want to specialise in the field of eating disorders and trauma.

I take part in pageants where I am able to educate people of all ages about body image. I’m incredibly proud to be a voice for those who can’t be heard and to end the stigma around mental health and in particular body confidence/concept. Pageants have helped me hugely in finding my own identity and become resilient.

I am also a huge animal lover. In my spare time you would tend to find me walking my chihuahua Lorenzo on the beach or in the countryside.

Has anything changed in your life since becoming an ambassador?

Since becoming involved with Dorset Mind and taking on the position as ambassador I have never felt more determined than ever to get the message across to those in Dorset and across the country how vital and useful it is to access services and get help for any underlying mental health issues. It helped me form into the person I always wanted to be.

What do you hope to achieve in your role, in your life, what’s driving you?

I want to share my story with teenagers and young adults as this is the time in life where the pressure is mostly on us.

If you had one piece of advice you could tell someone about how to improve their mental health, what would it be?

My advice would be to realise you have the potential to choose the path you lead. You should help yourself just like you would help others in times of need.

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